Slowing Down, Sleeping and Waking Up
Sleeping is an active process. You might not think it but while you sleep, a lot happens in the realm of both mind and body. Most major systems in the lower half of your body slow down but the brain is busy healing, repairing and sorting through different thoughts and memories, filtering out the ones you don’t need. Of course, this process doesn’t always continue on uninterrupted. There can be a whole host of medical problems that occur while you’re asleep and it pays to be aware of them before they bother you. Even if they do, you can often find what you need to stop this problem at a medical supply store where they have a whole collection of items to help ease the nighttime transition. What follows is a list of a few common sleep problems and what to do about them if happen to find yourself at their mercy.
Now this is by far the most common sleep problem and it can be difficult to fix. There are just so many issues that can lead to insomnia, some understood, some still being researched. Even with the surplus of medical help and medical supply stores, it’s still hard problem to fix. For instance, many people have digestive problems that can keep them awake at night. This pain in unpleasant and can often result in sleepless nights if left untreated. Some people also have psychiatric disorders, anxiety or mood problems, that prevent them from falling asleep at night. These type of problems can seem unsolvable but the medical supply stores can help with them as well. They often stock different types of sleep aids and sleep medication that can temporarily quell these problems to help the sufferer sleep better. Keep that in mind next time you’re out shopping. You might find that the answer to your insomnia problems is right in front of you.
While insomnia often affects just the sleeper herself, sleep apnea can cause social strife as well. People who suffer from sleep apnea can often wake up family, even neighbors with their loud, chaotic snoring. Sometimes the victim doesn’t get enough air at all and that leads to restricted airways and problematic medical conditions. This can put a lot of stress on a family and sleep-deprived stress isn’t healthy for anyone, victim or otherwise. Fortunately, many medical supply stores stock home oxygen and home oxygen systems that can help with this. They can provide enough air to the victim even when the airways become slightly restricted or slimmed down to the effects of sleep apnea. These machines come with a variety of different functions and are affordable as well. Be sure to pick out the one that’s right for your particular health and lifestyle. Sleep apnea can seem like it’s not that big a deal but it can become one if you let it get out of hand. Don’t let something as simple as difficult nightime breathing get in the way of your good night’s rest. Go to your current healthcare provider and find out what you need to do and what’s best for you if you suffer from sleep apnea.
Sleepwalking is about as rare as sleep apnea is common. There are a lot of myths about sleepwalkers owing to its strange and enigmatic nature. But, yes, you can wake up a sleepwalker. It’s not dangerous in the slightest. And yes, there are different kinds of sleepwalking that happen at different times and stages of sleep. But, interestingly enough, no one is sure why sleepwalking happens. Normally, when you sleep, your brain shuts down muscle movement so you don’t physically act out your dreams. No sense running around pretending to fly or making a five-bean casserole at 3 am. But researchers believe that this mechanism is broken somehow in sleepwalkers and their bodies are allowed to move around freely when they should be stock still. If someone you know sleepwalks, be sure to keep an eye on them. It can be harmless but it can also be dangerous if left unchecked and unseen in certain circumstances.